A huge thank you to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for putting together and managing this amazing blog hop! This week has been awe-inspiring, going to each of these blogs and seeing how talented each of these quilters truly are.
Earlier in the year, National Quilters Circle had their first quilting challenge of the year, and the first challenge I have ever joined. It gave me some purpose and focus to expand the tiny amount of quilting knowledge I had. It was the Pleiades Star Quilt by Gina Perkes of the Copper Needle. It lasted for 9 weeks. I made it for a straight 6 weeks before life got in the way. However, I did get those 6 weeks done, and I do have the other three waiting for me to finish. I swear it will get done! The one thing I swore to myself when I started this challenge was that I wouldn’t buy any fabric or it. I would use everything that I got in my stash acquired from FreeCycle.
Each week was a new challenge for me. The very first week taught me how to create flying geese (and there are so very many flying geese in star quilts!). The other weeks were lessons in how to sew (or not) on the bias, when it is best to use starch, what starch is best, and never, ever start using a new piecing foot in the middle of a project. The most important lesson was: never sew when you’re annoyed. You’ll end up using your seam ripper a lot more than you ever wanted to, which will then get you more annoyed. It’s a vicious cycle.
Here are the 6 stars I was able to complete during the weeks life didn’t get in the way:
The last lesson I learned about stars during the time of this challenge was: don’t ever be afraid to try something new because you’re a beginner. Just take it a moment at a time.
Because of that lesson, I joined a group to make stars out of autumn themed fabric. Autumn is absolutely my favorite season. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and….there’s pumpkin spice! Here are a few of the stars I have been able to make for that group:
If you are looking for a new challenge for quilting, National Quilting Circle just came out with a new 9 week challenge called the Lexington Sampler quilt starting yesterday on the 24th. I think perhaps this time I will buy specific fabric for it to keep the color scheme not quite so….random.
Here are the rest of the amazing quilting stars in the Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop from this past week: